Arts & Culture

Experience top-notch arts and culture at Towson University.

Emory Douglas
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

Emory Douglas and the Art of Social Action

The former Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Artist for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas helped define the aesthetics of protest at the height of the Civil Rights era. Since the 1960s, his work has flawlessly translated complex political issues into powerful, accessible, and globally resonant illustration. This exhibition includes twenty-seven of his most iconic posters.

Lecture by Emory Douglas Sept. 14 at 6:30 followed by reception.

Holtzman MFA Gallery, CA 2040  |  September 1 – October 14 (Closed Oct 13), 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Hugo Wolf
TU Department of Music presents:

Hugo Wolf: Sacred to Profane

An afternoon concert exploring the works of Hugo Wolf featuring our TU voice faculty: Phillip Collister, Natalie Conte, Leneida Crawford, Lori Hultgren, Min Jin, Courtney Kalbacker, and Jason Widney, as well as Patricia McKewen Amato, Esther Lee, and Ka Nyoung Yoo on piano.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  September 10 at 3:00 p.m.

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Rise Up sculpture, by Sookkyung Park
Asian Arts & Culture Center presents:

Connected As One

Sookkyung Park’s immersive installation of large-scale sculptures and smaller works includes a merging and expansion of her two seminal pieces, “Blooming” and “Rise Up,” to simultaneously underscore the interconnectedness of life and bring people together. This airy and colorful dreamscape—saturated with symbols of hope, strength and harmony—inspires awe and optimism.

Asian Arts Gallery, CA 2037  |  September 13 – December 16 (closed Oct. 13 & Nov. 21 - 25), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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TU Department of Dance presents:


The Department of Dance proudly supports the artistic voices of our students, faculty, and alumni as we all come together for an eclectic and imaginative performance series. This community moment shares, uplifts, and celebrates dance at Towson University.

Dance Studio Theatre, CA 1003  |  September 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., September 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Faculty Biennial
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

Department of Art + Design Faculty Biennial

Towson University Departments of Art + Design, Art History, and Art Education present their Biennial Faculty Exhibition, featuring a vibrant collection of professional work by our renowned tenured and adjunct faculty. This exhibition celebrates the integral relationship between teaching and maintaining a studio practice, highlighting the recent creative and artistic output by faculty.

Opening reception on September 14 following the lecture by Emory Douglas, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040  |  September 15 – December 9 (Closed Oct 13 and Nov 21 – 25), 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Still from film "Carmen Comes Home"
Asian Arts & Culture Center presents:

Carmen Comes Home (カルメン故郷に帰る, Karumen kokyō ni kaeru)

Enjoy this rare screening of a 1951 classic comedy—Japan’s first color film—from Reed Hessler’s private collection. Follow the encounters of Lily Carmen and her lovesick friend Maya when they leave Tokyo to visit Carmen’s small rural hometown in Nagano. (color) Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita. Hosted by Reed Hessler, longtime host on WBJC. Co-presented with the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee (BKSCC) and TU College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean’s Office.

Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032 |  September 16 at 1 p.m.

FREE. Registration Required.


Artist Melissa Ferrari operating her magic lantern
Department of Electronic Media and Film presents:

Relict: A Phantasmagoria, with Melissa Ferrari, Magic Lanternist

The EMF Visiting Artist Committee presents guest artist and magic lanternist Melissa Ferrari performing Relict: A Phatasmagoria, an experimental documentary performed with antique magic lanterns and hand-drawn animation. Invoking the history of magic lantern phantasmagoria as an exercise in belief and perception, Relict considers the zeitgeist of pseudoscience, fake news, religion, and documentary ethics collapsed within contemporary cryptozoology.

Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium |  September 20 at 6 p.m.

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Courtney Kalbacker & Patricia Amato in Recital
TU Department of Music presents:

The Life, Works, and Legacy of Eleanor Everest Freer

Faculty members Courtney Kalbacker & Patricia Amato in recital.

After being hidden for more than 100 years, this fascinating lecture/recital will rediscover Eleanor Everest Freer's 1910 settings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's monumental poetry collection: The Sonnets from the Portuguese. Learn about Freer's life, surprising musical legacy and her well-crafted songs in this faculty recital featuring Courtney Kalbacker, Patricia McKewen Amato, and Joseph Gotoff.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  September 22 at 6:00 p.m.

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dana tai soon burgess headshot
Co-presented by the Department of Dance and the Asian Arts & Culture Center​

Conversation with Dance Excerpts: In Conversation with Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Join renowned dance choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess as he shares how his background as a gay, fourth generation, Korean American man inspires his work. Dr. Michael Masatsugu will interview Burgess about his dedication to telling Asian American Pacific Islander stories as well as about his new memoir, Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly. Dancers from Burgess’ acclaimed company will perform excerpts from their repertoire. Burgess will sign copies of his memoir at the event.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  September 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company performing
Co-presented by the Department of Dance and the Asian Arts & Culture Center​

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company in Concert

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company presents an evening of its acclaimed modern dances accompanied by Keith Hudspeth, Millicent Scarlett, Dana Scott and Erin Snedecor. Named the first-ever choreographer-in-residence for the Smithsonian Institution, Burgess has been called “the poet-laureate of Washington Dance” by critic Sarah Kaufman.

This event is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and is the culmination of the week-long Rosenberg Distinguished Artist Residency.

Stephens Hall Theatre, ST 217  |  September 30 at 7:00 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

X_X_I  |  October 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival  |  October 6 – 7 at 7:00 p.m.

From China to Appalachia  |  October 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Workshop: From China to Appalachia  |  October 14 at 12:00 p.m.

Lecture: Artist Ernest Shaw  |  October 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Exhibition | MFA Candidate Mia Pisano: root / flower  |  October 27 – December 9

Exhibition | MFA Candidate Amelia Gossman: Bedtime Stories  |  October 27 – December 9

Exhibition | MFA Candidate Kat Navarro: When you arrive  |  October 27 – December 9


GALLIM Dance Masterclass  |  October 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Senior Seminar: Dances in Progress  |  October 19 – 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Electronic Media & Film

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival  |  October 6 – 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Thomas Edison Film Festival  |  October 17 at 1:00 p.m.


TU Jazz Faculty Ensemble  |  October 15 at 3:00 p.m.

String Faculty Chamber Music  |  October 17 at 7:00 p.m.

High School Choral Festival  |  October 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Faculty Recital: Baroque with A Little Help from my Friends  |  October 29 at 3:00 p.m.


As You Like It  |  October 20 – 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Action and Loser  |  October 25 – 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Communication Studies

TedxTowsonU: CTRL+ALT+DELETE |  November 8 at 6:00 p.m.


MERGE Residency - CCBC Fall Concert  |  November 9 – 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Fathers, Sons & Other Guys  |  November 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Electronic Media and Film

Let's Collaborate  |  October 18 at 12:00 p.m.


quinTUs: Faculty Vocal Ensemble  |  November 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Peggy Friedmann Gordon Competition Winners Recital  |  November 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Student Composers Concert  |  November 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Dave Ballou Faculty Recital featuring Micheal McNeill's Allegories  |  November 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Children's Opera Ensemble: The Billy Goats Gruff  |  November 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Conversations: Chamber Music Concert  |  November 12 at 3:00 p.m.

TU Fall Choral Collage  |  November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Murray Jazz Residency, feat. Gretchen Parlato  |  November 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Brass Showcase  |  November 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Off The Beaten Track: Music for Percussion  |  November 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Jazz Showcase  |  November 27 – December 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Improvisation Ensembles  |  November 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Early and Chamber Music Ensembles Recital  |  November 30 at 8:00 p.m.


Lily, Arthur: A Play with Music of the 1930s and 1940s  |  November 8 – 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

50th Annual Holiday Pottery & Art Sale  |  December 8 – 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Electronic Media and Film

Narrative Film End of Semester Screenings  |  December 15 at 4:00 p.m.


TU Choirs Winter Concert  |  December 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Peace on Earth: A Choral Concert  |  December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

TU Symphony Orchestra in Concert!  |  December 3 at 3:00 p.m.

World Music Ensembles  |  December 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Towson University Wind Ensemble in Concert  |  December 5 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Symphonic Band  |  December 6 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Jazz Orchestra  |  December 7 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Classical Guitar Soloists and Ensembles Concert  |  December 8 at 8:00 p.m.

40th Annual Towson University Honor Band  |  December 9 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Wind Symphony in Concert  |  December 10 at 3:00 p.m.


John Proctor is the Villain  |  December 1 – 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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Galleries and Art Spaces

Center for the Arts Gallery

Center for the Arts Gallery

Located on the third floor of the Center for the Arts, this gallery showcases some of the region’s finest artwork. Open to the public.

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Exhibit at the Holtzman Gallery

Holtzman MFA Gallery

Located on the second floor of the Center for the Arts, this gallery focuses on thesis exhibitions and new work by students and invited guests. Open to the public.

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Sculpture Walk

TU’s public art collection features outdoor sculptures around campus. Begin the walk at the Center for the Arts.

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